Behavioral Therapy Alleviates Prostatectomy-Induced Incontinence

Oncology Nursing News, February 2011, Volume 5, Issue 1

Behavioral therapy reduced episodes of urinary incontinence following radical prostatectomy by 55% in a study of 208 men with incontinence persisting %u22651 year following prostatectomy.

Behavioral therapy reduced episodes of urinary incontinence following radical prostatectomy by 55% in a study of 208 men with incontinence persisting ≥1 year following prostatectomy. The 8-week behavioral training program included pelvic fl oor muscle exercises, self-monitoring with bladder diaries, regular office visits, bladder control techniques, and fl uid management. Over the same period, incontinence-episodes fell only 24% in the control group. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.